Facebook-owned Instagram has introduced two new features, which allows users to view photos and videos in landscape and portrait orientations. The latest update also brings the ability to send website links in Instagram Direct.
Landscape and portrait uploads in Direct are available today on iOS, with Android coming soon. Links in Direct messages are available today on both Android and iOS as part of Instagram version 10.22.
Starting with the orientation feature, users can now send a permanent photo or video to their friends in Direct without cropping it. Earlier, it was not possible to send an image or a video in its original form as one need to square. This is a welcome move as it will help people to share images without cropping it.
Secondly, the company has added the support for links in Direct. This will allow users to share website links with friends and preview them directly from the thred. Further, one can also see links for phone numbers and addresses.
Instagram recently introduced a host of new features to further improve the user experience of its mobile apps. The latest update brings different sets of face filters in the camera, a new Rewind feature in videos, hashtag sticker and a new eraser brush. In order to use these features, users need to update their app to the latest version 10.21. The update is available for both iOS and Android users.